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Really enjoyed the second installment of the Themis Files! I was genuinely sad about some of the turns this sequel took--always a sign that the author has subtly made me invested in the characters. I really admire Neuvel's ability to tell an engrossing story in the epistolary form of logs, journal entries, interviews, etc. It was a surprisingly dramatic way to witness the events unfold. Can't wait for the third installment in 2018!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Unfortunately, the second #whodunitbymail wasn't my cup of tea. This isn't MHC in her prime, so I was disappointed that this was the book that brought her back into my literary life. If you're a MHC fan, skip this one. ⭐️⭐️/5

Read4life Oh! I just struggled with my current #whodunitbymail book and I get this one next. 😖 Here's hoping I enjoy it. I was looking forward to moving on. 🤞🏻 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @Read4life I'm mailing it tomorrow! I hope you enjoy it. I loved "The Devotion of Suspect X!" Sorry it wasn't for you. ? 2y
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I haven't read MHC in probably two decades. This should be fun! #whodunitbymail #roundtwo

BibliophileMomma MHC is one of my favorite authors! 2y
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This. Book. It was a discomforting experience to read about the Hitler Youth and find it timely in 2017, but Doerr's storytelling is exquisite. Every sentence feels like a gift. Every word lyrical and intentional; the characters wonderfully realized. Reading this book is a bittersweet experience in which you feel joy with each turn of the page and the melancholy that each turn will bring you to the end of a story you wish never would. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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I wasn't sure about the format of this at first (journal entires, interviews, report excerpts, etc.), but I totally got into it! I found the premise of a giant robot left here by aliens for us to discover fascinating! The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, so I'm reserving the next book in the series at the library stat! A quick, fun, and interesting read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.

JoeStalksBeck Happy birthday 🙌💕 2y
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My first #whodunitbymail was everything I could have hoped for! If you're looking for an intricate, twisty mystery, Higashino's "Devotion" is for you! I was NOT expecting the ending. AT. ALL. And it will stick with me for awhile. Great pick, @TheWordJar !! So excited for my next mystery to come in the mail and to check out Higashino's other books! ? This awesome book is coming your way today, @Read4life ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars!

Read4life Sounds like I'm in for a treat! Can't wait to read it. 🤓 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @real4life I hope you like it!! 2y
TheWordJar Yay!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!! 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @thewordjar It was great! 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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1. On my couch in Everett, WA
2. The Library at Mount Char
3. Sleeping Giants
4. A Wrinkle in Time (can't wait for the upcoming movie!!)
5. The Princess Bride
6. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

TK421 The Princess Bride is a great book and one of my favorite movies ever! 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @TK421 Absolutely! 2y
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It | Stephen King
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The first official trailer for the new It movie came out yesterday. It looks so amazing and so terrifying. I. Can. Not. Wait. Check it out! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xKJmEC5ieOk #youllfloattoo

Cathythoughts Yes to all that (edited) 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 I don't want to watch it bc I'm only 45% into book!! I just hope I'm done before it comes out! Have to check release date! I'm SO seeing this film!! 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @JanuarieTimewalker13 It comes out September 8, so you've got some time. Also, this film will only be the segments on the book when The Loser's Club are children. There is supposed to be a second film for the parts of the book when they come back to Derry as adults!! 2y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Whoa!! That's super interesting!! It's going to be like a Godfather part 1 and part 2...although this book is so darn big, this may go 5 installments...lol 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @JanuarieTimewalker13 I suppose Pennywise does make offers one cannot refuse! LOL! (edited) 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahahaha! I still haven't gotten to Part of why they call him Pennywise. 2y
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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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This book got mixed reviews, so I was a bit skeptical. Once I got past all of the POV changes and could seamlessly figure out who was who, I enjoyed it. A bit predictable at times,but overall a good read. Glad I don't live in a small town with a bunch of messed up secret keepers. LOL. Curious to hear what others doing this month's #buddyread think!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Creepy AF! This edition included 3 short stories including "The Debut of Larry Richards" (quoted in photo) in addition to Baby Jane. Blanche and Jane hurt each other so much and didn't it make them the epitome of cruel? An introduction about the feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis (the stars of the WEHtBJ film) made it even more fascinating. I can't wait to watch the Baby Jane movie and check out "Fued." Where has this been all my life?!

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Really loving "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" and Henry Farrell's writing. Of course, I'm not old, insane, and murderous, like Jane, but this sentence really resonated with me. Haven't we all looked for that finer, better self in the mirror and been found wanting at times? Thankfully, I think we all have a chance to continue to strive for greatness. #babyjane

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Love the imagery this sentence invokes. #babyjane

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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Thank you, thank you, @MaleficentBookDragon for the amazing #beachinbookswap box! I love all my goodies (some have already been eaten, and are not pictured 😜). Several of these books are on my TBR list, so I am excited! Well done, Litten. Well done.

And thank you, @Tiffy_Reads for organizing! What fun!
#beachinbookswap

britt_brooke Nice! 💕 2y
MaleficentBookDragon I'm so glad you like it. My stalking paid off. 2y
EvieBee @MaleficentBookDragon You did good!!! 2y
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Reconstructing Amelia | Kimberly McCreight
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Perfect for reading on an airplane because you don't want to put it down and there is nothing else to do anyway! This book also mildly terrified me as I have a toddler and thinking about her future teenage years with cell phones and social media makes my xennial heart thud. The shifting POV worked for me, as did the incorporation of blog posts and texts. Some predictable plot twists, but some unexpected ones too. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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My first #whodunitbymail arrived today! So excited to crack this book open!

TheWordJar Yay! It made it! I got your email, and I've corrected your address for future mailings. Thanks for letting me know! 2y
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It | Stephen King
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Hey #lengthylit readers, I found a Morlock hole in Charleston, SC. I'll admit I fast-walked away after taking the picture.

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Reconstructing Amelia | Kimberly McCreight
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#asidefrombooks and my daughter, Josephine (named after Jo March)

✔️Fave hobby: photography
✔️Fave drink: Iced chai tea latte
✔️Fave food: I am visiting Charleston, so cheesy grits
✔️Fave color: Gray
✔️Fave city: NYC 🍎
✔️Dream House Locale: Crater Lake (Oregon)
✔️Fave accessory: Mulder & Scully pins
✔️Fave TV show: The Office (American)
✔️Last Movie I saw in theaters: Beauty and the Beast
✔️Currently reading: Reconstructing Amelia

beachbookworm7 Love the office! I have watched it over and over so many times that I've lost count. Lol. 2y
AccioAlltheBooks OMG! Me too! I could watch it over and over again forever. 2y
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And Then She Was Gone | Rosalind Noonan
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This book about a young woman rescued from her kidnapper after six years and trying to reintegrate with her family was badly written and poorly edited. Plot points changed throughout the book and there were so many typographical errors! The writing was too light and fluffy for such a heavy subject. No character development and the ending was completely unbelievable. This was my first Rosalind Noonan novel and I was super disappointed. ⭐️⭐️/5

Captivatedbybooks I hate typos or grammar errors. I mean im not perfect and Spanish being my 1st language doesnt help but its like come on you pay for people to proof read how did they miss that, 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @Captivatedbybooks I know, right? There were no less than 10 typos and other plot mistakes! It was terrible! 2y
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Me Without You | Kelly Rimmer
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With echoes of JoJo Moyes' "Me Before You," this is a predictable book with a predictable message: Live life to the fullest. It was a quick read and there were some nice moments of surprise (not exactly gasp-inducing plot twists, but still enjoyable). I liked the shifting POV between the two protagonists and they were easy to like and root for. I will give Kelly Rimmer another read when I need something quick and "fluffy." ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Moody's writing is absolutely breathtaking, but I feel like the book's profound message is lost on me. I don't really relate to depressed suburbanites of the 1970s, and I found the damage the parents doing to their children to be sort of horrifying. I will give Moody's other work a try because of his writing, but not sure his subject matter will resonate with me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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My whodunit book and journal will be arriving on the doorstep of @Read4life next week! Squee! So excited to get the first installment when we get back from our vacation! #whodunitbymail

Read4life 🤓 2y
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It | Stephen King
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So, I read ahead for #lengthylit. I couldn't help it. I love this book. I've probably read it 4 times, and it feels like the first time, every time. The laughs, the tears, the friendship, the terror. It's all there waiting for me each time. And it all welcomes me back like a good friend. The kind you can go without seeing for a long time, but can always pick up with right where you left off. That's the best kind of friend there is, human or book.

Cathythoughts Very well said. It's my first time reading It & yes I feel close to the characters too. It's like one forms a bond with them. I'm nearly finished, not sure I want It to end 👍 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @Cathythoughts I never want it to end either!! 😀 2y
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Thank you, Andrea, for the great books and bookish gifts! I love everything! I will definitely let you know when I start reading "A Darker Shade of Magic," so we can have a buddy read! Brava, my fellow Litten!

AndreaReads I'm so glad! I'd love to do a buddy read with you! Happy Summer Solstice! ☀️🌻 (edited) 2y
AccioAlltheBooks Same to you!! 🌞 2y
Jess7 This one is on my #TBR list 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @jess7 Mine too!! 2y
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1. Seattle (ish), WA
2. I read about it on Book Riot!
3. Jaws
4. Not a turtle, but I used to have a Russian tortoise named Edgar (after retired Seattle Mariner, Edgar Martinez)

#welcomelitten

saguarosally No pets named Randy Johnson? 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @saguarosally Haha. I didn't move to the Seattle area until "The Big Unit" had moved on to the Diamondbacks. ? 2y
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OMG, OMG, OMG! I can barely contain myself. I feel like a 5-year-old at Christmas time!! #secretsantagoespostal #summersolsticebookexchange #betterthanchristmas #dyingtoseewhatsinside

hermyknee Yay!!!! So soon! 2y
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I am woefully behind, but I hope my #summersolsticebookexchange match loves what I picked out for her (don't worry, it will get there in time!). I'm still waiting on my package as well, so I'll be stalking the mailbox for the next two days!!! #summersantagoespostal

Lwiesman Pretty!! 2y
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Jane Two: A Novel | Sean Patrick Flanery
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I didn't expect a whole lot from this book, but was intrigued that it was written by the actor, Sean Patrick Flanery. I loved it. A coming of age story of young Mickey while he grows up in 1970s Houston, it had everything. Young love, a retired sheriff grandfather that gives the best advice ever, friendship, hardship.....LIFE. I hope that Mr. Flanery writes more. I would not hesitate to pick up his writing again.

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One of my favorite movies as a teenager was Leonardo DiCaprio's 1995 breakout role in the film adaptation of Jim Carroll's autobiographical work chronicling his descent into drug addiction at 13 years of age. I never read the book, but it's considered a classic piece of adolescent literature. #rockinmay #cocaine

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Sophie's Choice | William Styron
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"The most profound statement yet made about Auschwitz was not a statement at all, but a response.

The query: "At Auschwitz, tell me, where was God?"

And the answer: "Where was man?"" ~ William Styron

#maybookflowers #war

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You Suck | Christopher Moore
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You can bet on #funfunfun if you've got a Christopher Moore novel in your hands. And he looks like a fun guy to hang with too! #rockinmay

Cinfhen Agreed!!! 2y
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Peace Like a River | Leif Enger
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Absolutely adored this book when I read it 6 years ago. In going back to help me remember it better, I was reminded of Tom Walker's (of the Denver Post) review. He sums it up best: "Once in a great while a book comes along that has such wonderful characters and marvelous prose, that you read it as much for the pure joy it offers on every page as to find out how it ends." #maybookflowers #peace

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L.A. Confidential | James Ellroy
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Organized crime, police corruption, drugs, sex, and #Hollywood. #maybookflowers

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In the Woods | Tana French
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Absolutely love Tana French and her #mysteriousways! #rockinmay

Cinfhen Cool spines and nice play on words👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Secret Smile | Nicci French
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The story of a sociopath who becomes obsessed with a woman after she rejects him. I read this in practically one sitting poolside at my sister-in-law's home in Round Rock, TX. Not the most believable book, but I was captivated! When the pool guy showed up unannounced in the backyard, I screamed and ran inside. My brother-in-law had to go and explain to him that I was reading a scary book and he had startled me. 😂 #maybookflowers #obsession

LaurenReads Ha!! 😂😂 2y
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Question: when I click on "show me" for posts with spoilers, the post toggles from reveal to skull bones so fast that I can't read the post. Is it supposed to be like that? How do I make the post stay open so that I can read it?!

Cinfhen I don't have that issue...sorry! 😐 2y
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1. This is tough and as much as I adore HP, I'm going to have to go with never reading it. There are simply too many other amazing things to read!
2. Dog ear
3. Dust jacket off
4. Short Stories
5. Colorful books!

Thanks, @Kalalalatja for the fun prompt! 😀

Kalalalatja Thanks for playing along! 👏 2y
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A Banquet of Consequences | Elizabeth George
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I spent 2014 and the first two months of 2015 reading all of the Inspector Lynley novels and fell in love with them (and maybe the Inspector a little bit 😳). The 19th installment did not disappoint. I'm already itching for the next one to come out and can't find any information on when that might be. Boo. #rockinmay #londoncalling

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I was a weird kid. I was obsessed with this miniseries when it premiered on February 14, 1993. It featured a 26 year old Halle Berry before she became a huge star. I then spent that summer lugging a hardback copy of "Roots" and then, this book, to the city pool every day to read instead of swim. Haha. #maybookflowers #startswithq #weirdkid #priorities

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Mystic River | Dennis Lehane
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The person you love is rarely worthy of how big your love is. Because no one is worthy of that and maybe no one deserves the burden of it, either. You'll be let down. You'll be disappointed and have your trust broken and have a lot of real sucky days. You lose more than you win. You hate the person you love as much as you love him. But, shit, you roll up your sleeves and work-at everything-because that's what growing older is. #rockinmay #theriver

Cinfhen Love your blurb...Truth! 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @Cinfhen I love Dennis! His writing gets you right in the feels! 2y
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Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins
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Cinfhen Better late than never 😜👍🏻 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @Cinfhen That's what I figured! Hope I can catch up a lot over the holiday weekend! 2y
Cinfhen Looking forward 💚 2y
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Hello, It's Me | Wendy Markham
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1. Everett, WA (originally from Fond du Lac, WI)

2. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

3. Harry Potter

4. "Jaws" is in my top 5

5. The Office (US version) or Friends

6. The Beatles

7. Gray

8. Mystery/Thriller, Literary Fiction

9. Engineer at a large aircraft manufacturer ?

10. I had a schnauzer mix named Sam, but he went to live with my Mother-in-Law when my daughter started crawling. He is a total curmudgeon.

#meetthelittens

Bklover I could watch Jaws again and again! The opening scene is my favorite! 2y
MinDea Wahoo WA! I am in Seattle!! 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @MinDea We lived in Seattle for several years before moving to Everett! 2y
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Saknicole I love shadow of the wind too!!! 2y
Eyelit I grew up in WA (auburn) and my parents recently moved to Everett... my dad is about to retire from a certain large aircraft manufacturer 😄 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @Bklover Jaws is so good!! 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @Saknicole The first time I read SOTW, I immediately turned to the first page and started it over. I LOVE it! (edited) 2y
AccioAlltheBooks @Eyelit There are a lot of us around here! 😀 2y
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"The power of one is above all things the power to believe in yourself, often well beyond any latent ability you may have previously demonstrated. The mind is the athlete, the body is simply the means it uses to run faster or longer, jump higher, shoot straighter, kick better, swim harder, hit further, or box better." #rockinmay #dontstopbelievin

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The Husband's Secret | Liane Moriarty
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After a super stressful beginning of the month, my third Moriarty was just what the doctor ordered. Fast paced, witty inner dialogue, and good storytelling. Sure, most of the plot line is a bit unbelievable, but I don't need my fiction to be totally rooted in reality to enjoy it. I'll probably make my way through the rest of Moriarty's catalogue. I like her.

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter | Jeff Lindsay
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A serial killer with a heart and strict code by which he only kills "bad" people. Dexter is definitely a dangerous type. #rockinmay #dangeroustype

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tpixie I had no idea he was the Eastwick author! 2y
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Babb's novel about the Dust Bowl and migrant farm workers was finally published in 2004 after her editor at Random House decided that the market wouldn't support two Dust Bowl novels and tore up her contract. Steinbeck went on to win the Pulitzer for "Grapes of Wrath," and Babb's novel sat on the shelf for 65 years. #rockinmay #dustinthewind

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A Light in the Attic | Shel Silverstein
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The Song Is You: A Novel | Arthur Phillips
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Music is an important part of my life, but this book was so boring. The portions where Phillips was trying to communicate how music can transport us didn't workfor me. Julian is a very unlikable protagonist. So unlikable that I found it impossible to empathize with him even though he'd lost a child. The infatuation between him and Cait bordered on stalkerish, which made me really uncomfortable, and then they never even MEET. Should've bailed. Gah!